Glenwood aims for natural gas station

Garfield County commissioners and the city of Glenwood Springs have agreed to pool a total of $100,000 into a fund aimed at providing an incentive for someone to open a public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in town.

The effort comes as Encana USA is looking to open such a station in Parachute in the spring, and would further increase the availability of such stations in western Colorado.

County commissioners on Monday approved $90,000 of incentive funds for a Glenwood Springs site, in addition to $10,000 the city is chipping in.

“I would like to see more fueling stations in Garfield County. I think it’s very important,” said County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky. “It’s use of a natural resource that’s here in the county.”

Mike Ogburn, with the nonprofit group Clean Energy Economy for the Region, said so far, advocates have been unable to interest Glenwood Springs stations in adding such a facility.

He said the hope is to also have stations in Eagle and Summit counties along the Interstate 70 corridor. He thinks there’s also interest in opening Carbondale and Aspen stations to better serve the Roaring Fork Valley.

Parachute’s station will be behind a Shell station on Garfield County Road 215.

“It’s kind of a neat deal that we’re actually using the gas that’s produced here,” said Parachute Town Administrator Robert Knight.

Encana spokesman Doug Hock said his company encourages CNG use by its contractors and is trying to lead by example by setting a goal of eventually having its whole fleet run on compressed natural gas.

“I think that speaks for itself in terms of trying to get others to buy into it,” he said.

He said Encana has opened a few CNG stations in Louisiana and Wyoming.


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